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  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (May 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061117099
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061117091
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This helpful book opens with an apt quote from twentieth-century etiquette doyenne Emily Post (three generations up the family tree from the current authors): the purpose of table manners is “to avoid ugliness.” With that ruling principle in place, the writers get down to specifics in chapters on everyday table manners, special meals, table settings, tricky situations, meals as social events, and the host’s responsibilities. Rules are given with reasons rather than rigidity, which should make them easier to follow, and with the caveat that in certain circumstances (when choking, for example), diners should throw manners to the wind. Adding touches of wit, Björkman’s deft line drawings will appeal to middle-school students as well as younger children. Though perhaps most likely to be checked out by parents, this clearly written book offers practical advice that will help young people to feel more comfortable when dining with others and, of course, to avoid disgusting their companions. Grades 4-8. --Carolyn Phelan

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“This deceptively slim guide teems with advice... Excellent troubleshooting for specific concerns, such as eating fondue and using chopsticks.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Adding touches of wit, Björkman’s deft line drawings will appeal to middle-school students as well as younger children...This clearly written book offers practical advice that will help young people to feel more comfortable when dining with others and, of course, to avoid disgusting their companions.” (ALA Booklist)

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Many times kids, and adults for that matter, are very uncertain about how to act in certain social situations. If you have overheard someone say that a certain person "has the manners of a duck" you probably are grateful they aren't talking about you. Whew! If you want to be the one that everyone is watching to see which fork to use or how to eat a certain type of unusual food, this is one book you might want to take a look at. You can easily learn how to avoid using a "boarding house reach," you'll quickly learn about "polite drinking" and of course you'll learn about those forks. If you don't know how to set a table, let alone what to do with a complicated table setting, you're going to learn that and many other things in this book.

Some things like "double dipping" are obvious no nos to some, but not as obvious to kids. You'll quickly learn that anything gross is simply something to be avoided at all costs. No one wants to be remembered as a pig at a party, but rather someone who is suave and has manners. You will learn what to do when you spill something, how to react when you find something unwelcome in your food, how to engage others in conversation at the table, you'll learn about manners you need in different types of settings (pot luck, picnics, buffets, etc.), how to be considerate of other religious and cultural observations in someone's home and much more!

This is an excellent book to use as a reference for teaching children the social graces of table manners in several settings. Many of these suggestions are basic and instinctive, but for many if they are not taught they can be embarrassing to the child and others. For example it is wise "not to make negative comments about the food as you pass by the table.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn L. Schroeder on November 8, 2009
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This was comprehensive, and easy to read. I have been reading portions of the book to my second grade students, and they love it!
Their parents are very impressed, and learning facts themselves.
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By stacey thomas on October 20, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
My daughter enjoyed the book I am looking forward to seeing my kids have better table manners, she explained why you have to have table manners too like if you are going to a restaurant you have to be proper.
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